“Behind the Title ~ The Creation of a Love Story.” by Cynthia Roberts

Behind the Title

(Creation of a Love Story)

By Romance Author Cynthia Roberts

Author PhotoCreating romantic fiction has been a passion of mine, ever since I was old enough to understand the connection between the sexes.  I think I was twelve, when I wrote my first love story and like most young minds; I truly thought it was a masterpiece.

There’s another masterful connection that has been going on now for centuries, and that, is the one between music and literature.  There is a full alphabet of songs that have been written retelling a work of literature as far back as the 18th century.

“If I Die Young” by The Band Perry was based on a poem, Lady of Shallot.  “Love Story” by Taylor Swift is loosely based on Romeo & Juliet.  The artist Sting’s “Moon Over Bourbon Street” was based on an Anne Rice Novel, Interview With A Vampire.

More interesting though, the anatomy of a song has also within its lyrics a pretty fascinating back story as well.  For more than five decades, authors have been creating fictional pieces and bringing readers deep inside the lyrics.  I grew up listening to my mom’s collection of romantic ballads from the 40s, 50s, and 60s.  Those lyrics have forever been embossed into my brain, I still sing along whenever I hear them.  Lyrics like those back then told a story, and they were so strong, and emotional, their affect were everlasting.

 I have a library of love songs on iTunes I listen to religiously, while I write, as a source of inspiration and a tool that gets me in the mood and mindset I need to be in.  It is from this list, I began to formulate a series of ideas, followed by cryptic notes on paper, and finally the creation of my Love Song Standards Series.  I made a list of the songs I connected with personally, whittling it down to thirty-five.  That number was quite overwhelming and I thought virtually impossible to create that many scenarios.  So, I chipped away at the songs and their lyrics, until I decided on a top ten.

I had made a commitment to myself to finish one book a month throughout 2016, writing a chapter every day, leaving me ample time to polish and edit each one.  I knew from the on-start, what I wanted my covers to look like.  They had to resemble each other in a way that would tie them together, but strong enough for them to stand on their own.  My designer Covers by Ramona did an exceptional job tying all my ideas together.

After Book 6, Chances Are, was completed, my brain was fried.  I took a short reprieve and switched it up a bit with a Romantic Suspense, A Pawn for Malice.  Happily, the first two books of my series received a 5-Star Readers Favorite Award, which ended my promotion efforts.  I was forced to take an extended break due to personal issues that had set me back both physically and emotionally.  My focus now is to both promote my series and finish the final four titles All The Way, It’s Impossible, Sincerely, and Unforgettable.

If you’re a lover of contemporary romance, please do check out my Love Song Standards Series.  I know you’ll be pleasantly pleased.  Buy links and descriptions are available on my website at RomanceAuthorCynthiaRoberts.com.  If you subscribe to my mailing list, we can stay in touch as to when the other titles are completed PLUS you’ll receive a complimentary copy of Book 1, Unchained Melody.  All that I ask is for you to please, please share an honest review at the online retailer you use most. It will help me dramatically towards promoting my book and the series.

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Hugs from me to you.

5star-flat-web” This is definitely a novel that I would read again. It is going to stay on my bookshelf for a very, very long time.”  —Readers’ Favorite

God’s Easter Miracles Virtual Book Tour

  • Publisher: GLM PUBLISHING (February 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0997332514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0997332513 
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Paul, Jimmy, Brian and the whole town witness God’s Easter miracles in this unique story. God’s Easter Miracles highlights God’s love and provision to His children. The lessons learned are not only about Jesus’s resurrection, but also awareness of treating children with Autism with love and respect, and taking care of God’s creations.
As in previous books, God’s Easter Miracles establishes characters that children can relate to, while capturing their imagination and touching their hearts in a loving way. Written in a fun and endearing way, God’s Easter Miracles also provides interactive entertainment by including hidden symbols for children to locate throughout the book.
 

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ABOUT LEE ANN MANCINI
Lee Ann Mancini’s desire is for children to begin to know and love Jesus from an early age. This passion led her to seek out books for her own children that portrayed an active relationship with Jesus in a relatable way. She knew communicating
God’s truth through captivating words and compelling illustrations is a crucial part of establishing that foundation.
 
An adjunct professor at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, Mancini holds a master’s degree in Christian studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity
School as well as Knox Theological Seminary. She holds a board position with the Florida Authors and Publishers Association and the Alexandrian Forum and maintains memberships with organizations such as the Christian Small Publishers Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
 
Mancini is an active member in her local community, visiting schools to share the Adventures of the Sea Kids series with children, as well as speaking to women’s groups about the redemptive power of the Gospel represented through the types of brides of the church. Learn more about Mancini and the Adventures of the Sea Kids at glmpublishing.net.
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Everything About You by Jamie Salisbury~ New Edition Release!

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Everything About You (Brighton Cove series-book 1)

New Edition Released! 

Blurb:

Audrey Cooper has good memories Brighton Cove, Maine. She just hopes the quiet, coastal village holds enough of them to silence the echoes of the living hell she endured as a captive in the Middle East. Her career as a journalist is over, but maybe—someday—she can convince her terrified muse to come out of hiding.

As she renovates the farmhouse she inherited from her grandparents, with her cat as her sole companion, she learns to live with the loneliness…until the day a handsome stranger with dark, haunted eyes helps her change a flat tire.

As an artist, widower Lincoln Stewart has an eye for detail, and there’s no missing that unmistakable spark of connection. In Audrey’s company, two years of grief ease into bittersweet memory, and he finds himself envisioning a future as colorful as his paintings. A future with Audrey.

Through violent thunderstorms and terrifying flashbacks, Audrey and Linc discover their broken pieces fit perfectly—in and out of the bedroom. But in the shadows, a very real threat lurks. Someone who’ll stop at nothing to burn their rediscovered dreams to the ground.

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Book Excerpt

Having stocked up on groceries and other essential items, I began the trip to my new home a few miles outside town. I hadn’t gone far when I realized by the thudding and the way the SUV was handling that I had a flat tire. Brand-new vehicle. Great.

I pulled off to the side of the road and got out to assess the damage. The tire was most definitely flat—probably from a nail near the house. I would need to speak with the contractor about cleaning up the area directly around the house and remember not to park too close to the site. Lucky for me, I’d stowed the shopping bags in the backseat. Getting the spare tire out of the wheel well should be a cinch. I turned on the hazard lights and popped the back hatch.

A few minutes later, I had the jack in place and was struggling to loosen the tire bolts. They were on tight, as they should be, but it made it harder for an average woman to change the tire. There had to be an easier way. This was too much like work.

I was standing up after having taken off the last bolt when a white SUV pulled in behind me with a man inside. Help was here. He walked up, and the first thing I noticed was his dark eyes. They were the most beautiful shade of brown I’d ever seen on a man. Scorching. Then he put on a pair of sunglasses. Still, he was handsome, with his matching dark brown, shoulder-length hair, peppered with gray. He was tall and lanky and appeared quite buff. Judging by the tan he was sporting, he might work outdoors.

“Need some help?” he asked in a gravelly voice.

“Yes, please.” I nodded, not knowing if I could speak coherently if he asked me anything more. My heart was in my throat, and gooseflesh covered me. How could I be so instantly attracted to someone?

“I see you’ve done the hard part. I’ll pull this tire off and get you back on the road in a few minutes.”

I nodded again.

I watched him as he pulled off the flat and looked it over before grabbing the spare from the back. He had to be at least six foot three, and he even walked sexy.

“Looks like you ran over a nail. Need to stay out of construction sites.”

He bent over and picked up one of the lug nuts. The view of his tight ass in those formfitting jeans was heaven. I wondered if he was married. I hadn’t noticed a wedding ring. Hell, that didn’t mean a thing these days.

A few minutes later, he was finished and everything was stowed back in my vehicle.

He straightened and dusted off his hands before he held one out to me. “I’m Linc, by the way. If you need someone to fix your flat, go see Curtis. Tell him I sent you, and he’ll make sure to get it repaired quickly.”

“Thank you, Linc. I’m Audrey,” I replied, shaking his hand and hoping I wouldn’t tie my tongue in knots. “What do I owe you?”

“Not a thing.” He grinned. Perfect smile. Perfect man. “You have a nice rest of your day, and remember what I said. Stay away from those construction sites.”

“I’ll try. Thank you again.”

“My pleasure, Audrey.”

I watched that fine ass as he walked back to his SUV. Damn, I certainly hoped he lived nearby. If he was any indication of what the men looked like around here, I didn’t see myself leaving any time soon.

610BstjbFwL._SY200_  Jamie Salisbury Bio

Writing romance stories with passion and sass, Jamie Salisbury has seen several of her books soar to #1 on Amazon. Her novella, Tudor Rubato was a finalist in the 2012 RONE awards. The cover won for Best Contemporary Cover. In 2014, her novel, Life and Lies was nominated for a RONE in the Erotica category and in 2015 Encore! shared that nomination. Her books are self published.

Music, traveling and history are among her passions when not writing. Her previous career in public relations in and around the entertainment field has afforded her with a treasure trove of endless story ideas.

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Remembering you with so much love and joy!

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It feels like only yesterday

That God set you free

It is so hard to believe

This is year three.

 

I have learned to stop questioning

Constantly asking God why

He took you from this earth

And allowed you to die.

 

Now, I can look at your pictures

And happily see your face

Knowing you are home

And in a better place.

 

I see you looking down from Heaven

Your eyes beaming so bright

So proud of your family

Knowing we are going to be alright.

 

You left behind a blessing

Your daughter is so much like you

In the little things she does

She is like you through and through

 

Today, I’m choosing to rejoice

And to no longer be sad

Speaking of the good times

And enjoying the times we had.

 

For I know a part of you remains with us

Just in a different way

So I will continue to honor you

Each and every day.

Remembering you with so much love and joy!

~Your Auntie~

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